Location: Round Top, Texas
Set into a rural property, the Aria is carefully sited to maximize views and outdoor spaces. The experience of the home centers around creating connections with nature, friends and family, embracing the landscape and a feeling of openness with views of earth and sky.
The home is divided into two modules with a connecting deck. The home is situated on higher elevation and raised up because much of the property located in the flood plain.
Each module is oriented to capture views to meadow areas, trees and a creek while maintaining privacy at shifted angles. The connection between the modules is activated with outdoors areas, including dining and lounge spaces connecting the indoor-outdoor zones and bringing people together. This helps further the objective of the owners, who will make this their primarily home and host family and friends at the property.
The main unit is 800 square feet and includes a primary suite along with a powder bath, utility room, kitchen and living spaces. The 320-square-foot unit serves as a flex space for a detached home office and guest suite. By utilizing freestanding units connected with outdoor areas, the owners have flexibility to expand spaces with additional modules over time.
The home is clad in resilient durable materials — including standing seam metal roofing and siding and composite wood installed in a rainscreen application — to minimize maintenance. Thermally broken aluminum windows and sliding door systems provide expansive views.
The home was built with sustainability in mind produced with less waste in a controlled environment and less impacts to the site. In addition, because the structure doesn’t get wet during construction, there are less risks of potential mold and toxins. The controlled environment at the factory also allows air ventilation and flushing, improving indoor air quality to the finished home.